St. George stain glass window in St. Mary Basilica in memory of George A. Payne 1893.


Protection of Children

The Catholic Church has always demonstrated a concern for children. The Diocese of Jackson is committed to ensuring that children served by the church are not at risk of sexual abuse by the Church personnel.

Diocesan policies and procedures currently in place seek to protect, enhance and, in some cases, restore the trust that our faith calls for between agents of the Church and the children and adolescents … Continue reading

INVITATION R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults)

A study of Catholic beliefs and practices including the Church Creed, sacraments, worship, prayer, morality and commandments. No charge … Download pdf file for more information.


My Image

All Souls Day Cemetery Procession 2019

Welcome, I was just sitting here reminiscing over my life. I am Anthony Aversi and I was born in Sorrento, Italy in 1811. I know you think I am someone else but I will get to that soon enough.

As a very young boy I decided I wanted to go to that great new land called America. So, I hid away on a ship and somewhere in the Mediterranean I was discovered by the crew and taken to the captain. So, for my protection he made me his cabin boy. … Read more

Lead us “Kindly Light”

By Bishop Joseph Kopacz

As we go deeper into the month of All Saints and All Souls in our Catholic faith and tradition, powered by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we are able to cherish the “Cloud of Witnesses” who have passed over the threshold into eternal life. These faithful disciples are from our own families and from the family of the Church. In the case of the latter we don’t need to unearth the story; there is ample testimony in the archives of nearly 2000 years. … Continue reading

A Theology of Work Ordinary Time - Week 33

By Bishop Robert Barron – November 17, 2019

I’m pretty sure that in thirty years of priesthood, I’ve never preached on this Sunday’s short second reading from Paul’s second letter to the Thessalonians. And what a little gem it is! Isn’t it fascinating that St. Paul, precisely in the context of a letter to his church on spiritual matters, endeavors to speak of work? When we do authentic work—of whatever kind—we participate in God’s ongoing creation and providence. Don’t follow the instinct to secularize work; rather, see your daily labor, however humble, as part of God’s plan to bring you to joy.

Listen to the AUDIO Bishop Robert Barron Word on Fire

Tour of Ireland with Father O'Connor

Father David O'Connor, pastor emeritus at St. Mary Basilica and Assumption Church, Natchez, will lead a ten day group trip to Ireland in June. He said "The group (limited to 40 people) will depart from Jackson international airport for Dublin, Ireland on Saturday, June 20 and will return from Dublin to Jackson on Tuesday, June 30. He added "the tour, a guided tour of many of Ireland's historic and scenic places, will take us to four great cities (Dublin, Galway, Limerick and Kilkenny) and to picturesque parts of rural Ireland, great coastlines, the great Marian shrine of Knock, interesting small towns and my home village church where I was baptized." … Read more

Bishop Barron on the Canonization of St. John Henry Newman

Bishop Barron reflects on the recent canonization of St. John Henry Newman, which he attended in Rome. Find more on Newman at

Father Ron Rolheiser, OMI

Ronald Rolheiser, a Roman Catholic priest and member of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, is President of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas. He is a community-builder, lecturer, and writer. His books are popular throughout the English-speaking world and have now been translated into many languages. His weekly column is carried by more than 80 newspapers worldwide. Prior to this present position, he taught theology and philosophy at Newman Theological College in Edmonton, Alberta, for 16 years, served as Provincial Superior of his Oblate Province for six years, and served on the General Council for the Oblates in Rome for six years. He has been at Oblate School of Theology since 2005. … Father Ron's column

Daily Readings, Saint of the Day and Vatican Radio

“FATHER, . . . this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” “God our Savior desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” “There is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” than the name of Jesus.

In reading the Catechism of the Catholic Church
we can perceive the wonderful unity of the mystery of God... Pope John Paul II


“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

St. Mary Basilica Coat of Arms